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Utility says Massachusetts solar logjam can begin moving

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SOLAR: National Grid says 320 MW of solar projects in Massachusetts — part of a 1 GW interconnection backlog — can move forward without transmission improvements. (Greentech Media)

• A 13 MW solar project backed by 7.5 MW of battery storage at JFK airport will be the largest solar array in New York City. (Bloomberg)
• A New Hampshire county is again considering tax exemptions for solar installations. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
• Neighbors of a proposed therapy farm and solar array in Rhode Island are suspicious that only the solar array is going to be built. (ecoRI)
• New governors in New Jersey and Maine are opening doors to policies more favorable to solar energy. (Solar Power World)
• A TV station investigates fires tied to solar arrays in Massachusetts, which experts note are rare and are typically caused by improper installation or maintenance. (Boston 25 News)

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BIOFUELS: A Vermont utility says demand for its renewable natural gas program is exceeding supply, and hopes to see more local production developed. (Energy News Network)

• New York officials say the October firing of an auditor tasked with examining the state’s natural gas supply is unrelated to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s later criticism of the state’s utilities. (Newsday)
• A city contractor ruptures a gas line in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the same community that was the site of a series of gas explosions in 2018. (Boston Globe)
• Families in a Pennsylvania community demand the state investigate a surge in a rare type of cancer, though there is no known connection between the disease and drilling activity. (Associated Press)
• While still trailing Texas, growth in natural gas production continues to be strongest in Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY: An affordable housing project in Providence, Rhode Island will be the first in the city to aim for net-zero emissions. (Energy News Network)

• Developers of wind farms off Rhode Island and Massachusetts adjust the spacing of turbines in an effort to improve safety for fishing vessels. (Providence Journal)
• Maryland officials will conduct another review of an offshore wind farm after taller turbines are proposed farther off the coast. (Delmarva Now)

• Developers have completed a utility-scale battery storage facility connected to a 6.7 MW solar array in Vermont. (Solar Power World)
• Local officials prepare to vote on a proposed 20 MW battery installation in upstate New York. (Hudson Valley 360)

TRANSPORTATION: A regional transportation authority approves plans for a faster train connecting Boston and Providence. (Brown Daily Herald)

RENEWABLES: A Boston suburb will offer residents the option of 100% renewable energy through a community purchase program. (Wicked Local)

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ACTIVISM: More than 200 students in Vermont are preparing a resolution to lawmakers for more urgent action on climate change. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy says plans for a substation in East Boston are part of a long history of environmental injustice in the state. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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